Centre rejects Delhi government’s free Metro ride for women


New Delhi: The Centre has rejected Delhi government’s ‘free Metro ride for women’ sop on Thursday. It is viewed as a blow to Aam Aadmi Party’s scheme proposal.

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Union government is of no view that there should be any free ride to anyone in the Delhi Metro.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is owned partly by the Centre and the Delhi government, wherein both own 50% stakes each in the public transport service.

The Centre is of the opinion that there is no reason why a ‘free ride’ scheme should be implemented.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier in June announced free rides for women commuters in Delhi Transport Corporation buses and Metro trains.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had also defended the move by saying that while the DMRC has a total capacity of around 40 lakh passengers on a daily basis, it caters to less than 25 lakh passengers at present. The public transport facility is operating at less than 65 percent of its efficiency, he said.

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